All parties to the conflict in Syria must abide by their obligations to respect international humanitarian law and they must allow the delivery of humanitarian supplies to all those in need in all parts of the country, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Borge Brende said last week at the second humanitarian pledging conference for Syria in Kuwait.

“The brave humanitarian volunteers and workers are doing their utmost to save lives inside Syria – often risking their own lives. They deserve our deepest gratitude and respect, as do their colleagues in neighbouring countries. It is appalling that medical facilities and personnel are being directly targeted. This means that hundreds – even thousands – of sick and wounded people are being attacked. Restrictions on the delivery of medical equipment across the front lines in Syria are also having a devastating effect,” said Brende.

The foreign minister said the Syrian conflict could only be resolved by political means. The suffering in Syria will not stop until the violence ends, and a political solution is reached. Immediate and tangible results – such as local ceasefires and the release of prisoners – are urgently needed to give people hope, build confidence between the parties, and strengthen their commitment to the process.

At the conference, Norway pledged NOK 460 million ($75 million) in humanitarian assistance to Syria and the regional response plan.